The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out that about a third of the people in the US are sleep-deprived. And, we know the risks associated with it. A lack of sleep antes up your risk of various chronic conditions such as depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Sleep deficiency also corresponds with the neurodegenerative disorder, Alzheimer’s disorder. Top this up with the number of accidents, injuries, and fatalities that occur due to drowsy driving.
Where there is an extensive research that uncovers the negative consequences of sleep deprivation, there is also growing body of evidence that talks about the effects of too much sleep.
What Do the Latest Findings Say?
New research that is published in the journal of European Heart Journal highlights the health effects of excess sleep. About 6,000 people between the age bracket of 35-70 were enrolled in the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study.
The researchers kept tabs on the participants’ lifestyle habits, use of medications, physical activity, diet, socioeconomic status, and family history of chronic conditions besides their sleeping habits.
During the eight years of the PURE study, 4,365 people suffered from a stroke or heart attack and 4,381 died. The analysis showed that those who slept for less than the recommended 6-8 hours of slumber in a night were at increased odds of developing cardiovascular disease or premature death.
To be specific, the risk of cardiovascular condition or early death was 5% higher for individuals who slept for 8-9 hours than those who slept for the recommended hours. At the same time, the study found out that those who slept for 9-10 hours were at 17% increased risk of dying or developing heart and blood vessel conditions.
On top of that, people who slumbered for 10 plus hours were 41% more likely to die prematurely or experience cardiovascular problems. These findings clearly show that fewer hours of sleep as well as excess sleep culminate in health problems.
The researchers also confirmed that the optimal duration for sleep is between 6-8 hours in a day for adults. Furthermore, the researchers outlined that their study shows an association between the factors studied as it was an observational research.
Consequently, it cannot be said that too much sleep causes cardiovascular diseases. However, it can be said that excess sleep, just as a lack of sleep, adds to the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Summing up, it is clear that optimal sleep is best for your health. You can always ensure that you are getting an adequate amount of zzz by following a sleep schedule. Try not to sleep outside of your set routine and try not to sleep lesser than it as well.
Once your schedule is set, you will find it easy to get optimal hours of slumber. Remember to stick to your sleep routine even if you can’t sleep late at night. Besides, don’t unfollow your sleep routine even if it is the weekend because that disturbs your internal sleep clock.